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Hi everyone, i'm about to trade a '67 f100 for an '05 crf450r, the only catch is the current owner doesn't have a title for it. He is confident it isn't stolen, but i asked for the vin anyways, he sent me JH2PE0 255M306721 notice how its missing a digit lol... He says there is a spot that has been rubbed by the cables to a point where it is unreadable. I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out the missing digit(which i'm guessing is the 7th digit) I am trying to track down the last person who owned the bike before i go through with the trade to try to get a title and make sure it isn't stolen, thanks a lot guys.

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Better yet let the current owner find the previous owner and get the paperwork in order before you take it. If he can't do that leave it.

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The current owner is kinda.... country lol... He didn't know dirt bikes had titles lol. He says the bike has been through a lot of owners so he has no idea who the last registered person could be. I messed up my wording, i didn't mean previous owner, i meant the last person it was registered through the dmv, is there anyway to figure out that digit?

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I think i've narrowed it down to either a 5 or a 6, unless the missing digit is not the seventh one. i

think the first six and the last seven are in order, just don't know if the missing digit is 7th 8th 9th or 10th :busted:

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I dont know what the Motor Vehicle Department is like in your state , but In Idaho (i just moved from there) , if you dont have a title , its a pain to track everything , without paying for title searches and then IF the thing was never titled , or registered properly , you (or who ever buys it) will have to pay the taxes on the Original Purchase Price (which would be what the bike cost new) , plus penalties for them not being done , so you might want to do some PRE-investigating , if it went thru multiple owners without proper registration , someone (usually the new buyer) will have to pay all the sales tax for each sale , so if the bike was sold 3 times for $3,000 , the buyer would have to pay the tax for all 3 , $3,000 purchases , so whatever tax would be on $9,000 that is what you would have to pay , so before you jump into a snake pit , better make sure because with a missing Vin # , you just really complicated things , personally , i would pass on it and look for something else with less of a paper nightmare !!

Each state handles Title issues differently , but a missing Vin # might cost a lot because of the investigation to track the bike and its paperwork , because they will have to check each digit from 0-9 to see if there is a matching bike then eliminate each one until they run out of numbers , so they can positively identify the number on the bike you are looking at , so until 9 other bikes are found eliminating all the vin # that is missing on the one you are looking at , then they can not positively identify that bike

Too much hassle if you ask me , lots of other bikes out there at a good price with paperwork !

And the 10th digit is the year , so if it was a 05 , the tenth digit would be a 5 , depending on the month the bike was manufactured as they usually start the next year run anywhere from June to Sept of the same year , so it could in fact be a #6 for the tenth digit even if they thought it was a 05 bike , without paperwork , you might as well spend money on Lottery Tickets , you will have better luck winning the jackpot , than you will getting a title for that bike , without a title its worth parts and that it , you will not be able to get a Off-Road Sticker for it , and if you ever get stopped , the bike will be confiscated (if the Vin # is not officially repaired , and you cant fake that as they use special stamps to do Vin #) , so Beware !!!

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Thanks a lot guys, the current owner isn't really helping. He won't even tell me where the missing digit is lol. I guess i will just let this one pass, thanks for the info guys.

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